RIOULT Dance NY is committed to supporting the creation of new works by founder and choreographer Pascal Rioult; to communicating the essence and intensity of his artistic vision; to sustaining its company of dancers; and to educating and expanding audiences for modern dance at home and through touring, nationally and internationally.
Founded in 1994, RIOULT Dance NY fast became an established name in modern dance with a reputation for presenting the sensual, articulate, and exquisitely musical works of Pascal Rioult. The New York City-based dance company presents an annual New York season, tours nationally and internationally, conducts extensive in-school arts education and community outreach programs, and offers dance training to the public through classes, workshops, and intensives.
Extraordinary for an organization its size, RIOULT Dance NY is highly committed to its dancers, providing steady employment and year-round health insurance. Each dancer’s creative development is fostered through training classes, teaching opportunities, and challenging repertory while maintaining comprehensive rehearsal and performance schedules. The company is fortunate to have welcomed new dancers over the years and retained many, some of whom have danced with the company for over a decade.
RIOULT Dance NY has performed in theaters and festivals throughout North America including New York City Center Fall for Dance (New York, NY), Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (New York, NY), American Dance Festival (Raleigh NC), the Annenberg Center (Philadelphia, PA), the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (West Palm Beach, FL), and Zellerbach Hall (Berkeley, CA), among others. Widespread international touring has brought the company to Pascal Rioult’s homeland of France for the Cannes International Festival, Danse à Aix, Festival du Val du Marne, Temps le Danse Festival, Paris Opera Bastille, and La Maison de la Danse, as well as to the Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts (Bermuda), the Tamaulipas International Festival (Mexico), Le Grand Théâtre De Québec (Canada), and the stages of Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and others worldwide.
The 2013-2014 Season marks RIOULT Dance NY’s 20th Anniversary. Initially operating from Pascal Rioult & Joyce Herring’s New York City apartment, the organization has grown tremendously over the last two decades. To date, Pascal Rioult has created over 40 dances premiering at least one new work every year, presented 20 New York Seasons, toured Europe and North America and has employed over 30 dancers.
Prior to RIOULT Dance NY’s establishment in 1994, the company’s legacy was evolving through the dancing careers of Pascal Rioult and Joyce Herring. Pascal Rioult had the privilege of working with May O’Donnell and Paul Sansardo before dancing as a principal for the Martha Graham Dance Company. His roots in American modern dance, paired with those of Joyce Herring, allowed the husband-and-wife team to continue the legacy of the art form in their own right over the next twenty years, and now beyond.